Owner, viticulturist, winemaker, Arndt Köbelin worked, as the cellar master at the local Durbach cooperative before taking over his parents, newly built winery in Eichstetten in 2004. Weingut Kobelin strives to produce wines with a consistent “Kaiserstühler” profile, which highlights the fruit flavors and varietal aroma. Working with a strict, non-interventionist philosophy, the goal each year is to produce wines that reflect the vineyard’s terroir, which is comprised of limestone based subsoil, topped with a thick overlay of up to 50 meters of loess. Working according to ecological principles, the vineyards and the environment are sustainably protected.
Ninety percent of Kaiserstuhl wines are produced by a large cooperative leaving a very small quantity of the Kaiserstuhl’s production in the hands of small scale, independent, artisan wineries. The miniscule quantities of Kobelin, Pinot Noirs are among the absolute paragon examples of German Pinot Noir production today and the most powerful examples of Pinot Noir found in the entire Kaiserstuhl region.
The Kaiserstuhl area (translates, as emperor’s seat) is known for producing some of Germany's richest, full bodied, powerful, finest quality, red wines, notably Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir.)
Baden is the southernmost of Germany's thirteen, official, wine regions, and also the warmest, sunniest wine region in Germany with borderline Mediterranean climate allowing the production of high quality Spätburgunder . Within the Baden, the wines of most interest and complexity are produced in the Kaiserstuhl, an area surrounding a compact range of volcanic hills in the 100-mile stretch between the cities of Freiburg and Mannheim. As is true with Alsace, across the Rhine River, less than 20 miles due west, the protective shadow cast by the Vosges Mountains reduces rainfall and increases sunshine levels.
In the glass, the Holsfass Pinot displays a brilliant, burgundy color. The bouquet is intensely perfumed with violet, strawberry, raspberry and cranberry aromas with notes of exotic spice, tobacco and hints of toasted smoke. Luscious, crisp raspberry, currant, red cherry and dark berry flavors abound with savory notes of dried herbs and crushed granite all supported by a distinct, “river rock” minerality. Fine, vibrant, tannins form a taut foundation for the deep, fruit concentration of this beautifully balanced, full body Pinot Noir. The wine’s long, fine length is marked by hints of smoke on the finish. The Kobelin Holsfass is top class Pinot, complete and on point with all components integrated and harmonious.
Total production: 600 cases